Rocketing From Past to Future

As told to Tracy McMahan and Matthew Kohut by Phil Sumrall This story draws extensively from a September 2007 interview with Ares Projects Oral Historian Tracy McMahan as well as a December 2009 interview with ASK Contributing Editor Matthew Kohut.

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Getting to “Yes”—The Flight Readiness Review

By Matthew Kohut and Don Cohen As its name suggests, a Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, gives teams responsible for various elements of a NASA flight mission an opportunity to ensure technical questions raised at earlier reviews have been adequately dealt with and to raise concerns about anything else that might affect mission success.

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Building the Team: The Ares I-X Upper-Stage Simulator

By Matthew Kohut The opportunity to build a new launch vehicle that can loft humans into space does not come along often.

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The Quest for Good Ideas

By Matthew Kohut Suppose you had to design a door within a lunar lander module that would shield the crew habitat from solar activity during a moon mission. Assuming this isn’t already your day job at NASA, how would you begin to devise a solution?

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A New Design Approach: Modular Spacecraft

As told to Matthew Kohut by Butler Hine and Mark Turner When Pete Worden took over as the center director at Ames Research Center, one of the charters he came in with was to inject low-cost ways of doing spacecraft development into NASA as an agency.

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Shaping the Space Age: The International Geophysical Year

By Matthew Kohut It’s a story so familiar it has achieved popular status as NASA’s creation legend: when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in October 1957, it shocked the flat-footed United States into action, locking the Cold War gladiators into a space race.

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NASA CoLab: Creating a Space for Participatory Exploration

By Matthew Kohut Silicon Valley has long been the epicenter of high technology, but until recently NASA maintained a low profile in the neighborhood.

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What’s Ahead for Project Management: A Roundtable Discussion with the Project Management Institute

By Matthew Kohut Matthew Kohut of ASK the Academy met with Project Management Institute (PMI) CEO Greg Balestrero, PMI Board Member Yanping Chen, Academy Director Dr. Ed Hoffman, and ASK Magazine Managing Editor Don Cohen for a wide-ranging survey of the project management landscape today.

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